26th Mar. I sat by the lake and closed my eyes and thought it was mid summer today! Once my eyes opened again I studied the Great Crested Grebes behaviour taking careful mental notes. I managed some photos too. Both pairs of Great Crested Grebe remain.
I didn't ignore the other birds, and in particular it was difficult not to note the antics of the Coots. One of them preening at length before another left the nest to join it for a bit of mating. The light made the reflections and patterns on the water interesting today too. It was definitely a time to just sit/stand and watch. Chiffchaffs sang in the distance. Peacock Butterflies flew near, and rested upon, rocks at the edge of the lake.
I was joined by another grebe watcher later and we had an interesting chat as we enjoyed the sun. It was fellow patch worker and grebe watcher Sam.
''Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.”-- Henry Van Dyke.
If you think the common can be as exciting as the rare then this blog may be for you, as it attempts to express my passion for birds and nature. All are part of my daily life and my home patch is all within walking distance of my home, although I often explore wider areas. I ought to be described as a naturalist rather than a birder. I believe that all who take an interest in nature will be well rewarded, but that such rewards ought not to be without reciprocation. My own contribution is made by volunteering, much of which is done in an attempt to help others share in the experience of the natural world. I attempt to reflect my interest in conservation and the fact that I believe the future of a natural world seriously in trouble relies very much relies on an openness of information to all responsible people. Responsible being the key word, and I therefore hope to keep the welfare of wildlife paramount at all times.